#24: THE DARKEST HOUR
Director: Chris Gorak
Stars: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, Joel Kinnaman
Release Date: August 5
Why we’re excited: Plot wise, The Darkest Hour doesn’t sound like much: a group of pretty faces try to survive an alien attack while stuck in Russia. We know you’re thinking, “Another alien invasion movie? Fuck outta here!” Well, not so fast. Something tells us The Darkest Hour could be one of those rare derivative-sounding films that shocks and awes. Two points to acknowledge: instead of vapid pin-ups, the cast is full of actually talented young actors, and the director, Chris Gorak, is primed to breakthrough. Rent his underappreciated 2006 debut, Right at Your Door, to see what we mean.